Bopanna moves into semifinals in Vienna

Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas shocked top seeds Marcelo Melo and Lukas Kubot to storm into the semifinals of the Erste Bank Open, an ATP 500 event in Vienna.

Bopanna has won two titles this season, Chennai Open with Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Monte Carlo Masters with Cuevas.   -  AP

Rohan Bopanna in partnership with Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay knocked out the top seeds Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Marcelo Melo of Brazil 6-7 (3), 6-4, 10-8  in the doubles quarterfinals of the ATP-500 tennis tournament in Austria on Friday.

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In the semifinals, Bopanna and partner will play Karen Khachanov of Russia and Lucas Pouille of France who beat third seeds Jamie Murray of Britain and Bruno Soares of Brazil 10-7 in the super tie-break.

Bhambri bows out

In the USD 50,000 Challenger in Ho Chi Minh City, fourth seed Yuki Bhambri was beaten 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2) in a battle of wits in two hours and 27 minutes by John Millman of Australia in the quarterfinals. The Indian challenge was sustained by Saketh Myneni and Vijay Sundar Prashanth who made the doubles semifinals.

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In the USD 60,000 ITF women’s event in China, Ankita Raina and her Dalila Jakupovic of Slovenia were beaten in the doubles semifinals by the top seeds Xinyun Han of China and Makoto Ninomiya of Japan.

The results

EUR 2,621,850 ATP, Vienna, Austria

Doubles (quarterfinals): Pablo Cuevas (Uru) & Rohan Bopanna bt Lukasz Kubot (Pol) & Marcelo Melo (Bra) 6-7(3), 6-4, 10-8.

USD 75,000 Challenger men, Suzhou, China

Doubles (semifinals): Mao-Xin Gong & Ze Zhang (Chn) w.o. Christopher Rungkat (Ina) & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan.

USD 50,000 Challenger men, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Singles (quarterfinals): John Millman (Aus) bt Yuki Bhambri 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(2); 

Pre-quarterfinals: Taylor Fritz (U.S.) bt Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-3, 6-3.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Saketh Myneni & Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Alessandro Bega (Ita) & Stephane Robert (Fra) 7-6(6), 1-6, 10-4.

USD 15,000 ITF men, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Singles (quarterfinals): Jurabek Karimov (Uzb) bt Arjun Kadhe 6-1, 6-2.

USD 60,000 ITF women, Luzhou, China

Doubles
(semifinals): Xinyun Han (Chn) & Makoto Ninomiya (Jpn) bt Dalila Jakupovic (Slo) & Ankita Raina 7-6 (2), 6-3.